Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
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Imam blames bowlers for loss in 3rd ODI

Imam blames bowlers for loss in 3rd ODI

Though the visiting side Pakistan fought very well, they managed to score 361/7 (50 overs).

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq broke former India captain Kapil Dev's record when he smashed a career-best 151 against England in the third one-day worldwide at Bristol on Tuesday.

But Imam and Asif Ali, whose 52 was his second successive fifty, repaired the damage with a fifth-wicket partnership of 125.

In his absence on Friday, England are set to be captained by Jos Buttler, the vice captain, who was rested yesterday.

Warwickshire pace-bowling all-rounder Woakes made an early double strike to reduce Pakistan to 27 for two after Morgan won the toss and chose to let England chase - they generally prefer to bat first - ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, England's wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct also during the third ODI against Pakistan in Bristol.

Tuesday's match was notable for how England eased to a seemingly challenging victory target of 359 with more than five overs to spare after an opening stand of 159 between Jonny Bairstow (128) and Jason Roy (76).

Pakistan pushed England hard in the second one-day global of their five-match series on Saturday, eventually losing by 12 runs in Southampton. All I have to do is get in my rhythm otherwise you are mentally prepared for the challenge. "Player of the Match", Bairstow's seventh ODI ton taking just 74 balls and his innings was as good as he has produced in white-ball cricket in English shirt. Perhaps the game was over by then and remarkably the scoring rate was maintained at eight runs an over till the end of the match.

Asif was not included in Pakistan's World Cup squad when it was announced last month.

He continued to take the attack to England, driving Willey for a straight six and next ball glancing the left-arm quick for four.

England are 2-0 up in the series heading into the fourth match at Trent Bridge.

Pakistan will take great heart from the performance on Saturday in Southampton despite the narrow loss and they will be desperate to bounce back here to keep their hopes of winning the series alive. Pakistan squad was boosted with the news of its all-rounder Shadab Khan, having recovered sufficiently from hepatitis virus, of joining them in the next two days from Islamabad.

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